A cervical epidural steroid injection is used to help ease pain caused by irritated spinal nerves. In the procedure, the injection is done in the epidural space …..
An epidural blood patch is the injection of your blood into the epidural space, not the spine itself.
The epidural space is the sack of fluid around the spinal cord and spinal nerves. The procedure is done of patients who have had injections in the spinal column before.
In some cases, patients will have severe headaches after the spinal injection. This is caused by the leak of spinal fluid into the epidural space.
The epidural blood patch actually uses your blood to stop the leak of the spinal fluid and will make the headache go away.
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